GETTING ON THE SAME PAGE:
A New Year’s Resolution A Two-Year Habit
A Bible-Reading Habit. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Lasting change, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
IMAGINE what could happen if you were part of a community that heard God speak the same thing to everyone, as one, everyday, year after year. Imagine if we formed a new community habit of spending seven minutes a day growing together in God’s Word. Imagine all the ways our community would be made new!
TODAY, Crossroads Neighborhood Church will begin a two-year Bible reading plan (we’re simply calling it: OPEN WORD) that will take us through the entire Bible from cover to cover (once through the Old Testament, twice through the New Testament). The average time it takes for the daily readings in the OPEN WORD plan is only seven minutes! In two years, when we reach the end, we’ll go back to the beginning and start all over again.
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION… There is no doubt inherent value in spending time daily in God’s Word. But beyond that, the value of doing this together, is that we’re doing it *together*, as one Body. Every community consists in large part as an ongoing conversation–whether a family, a corporation, a military unit, or indeed a church. In our fragmented world, what better way to see God cultivate a growing and abiding unity in our body than by letting him begin the conversation with us daily? The more people who get on board, the more everyone in our community will have the same specific Scriptures fresh in mind day after day, week after week, year after year, as common ground. Over time, this will enable us to learn from and teach one another, as new questions and insights arise and as we continue the conversation with one another that God has begun with us all. So we are simply asking God to give us a daily conversation starter–because we know he already has!
HAPPY (TWO-YEAR) NEW YEAR! May God continue to make us new!
3 Ways to Access the OPEN WORD Bible-Reading Plan:
- BOOKMARKS: Pick up bookmarks (precut and ready to go) at the Connection Point in the lobby (available ever week) or download the PDF and print your own (attachment below)
- WEBSITE: 954church.com
- APP: Download YouVersion Bible App (instructions below)
Looking forward to seeing what God will do in our community as we open his Word and hear him speak together!!!